The move comes just two months after Trump signed the controversial FOSTA-SESTA anti-trafficking bill.
The town hall with Suraj Patel marks a turning point in the sex workers’ rights movement.
This bill was supposed to fight sex trafficking. But it's driving women back to a riskier, pre-internet world of sex work.
Backpage has only been closed a short amount of time, but people are terrified and desperate and have no choice but to hit the streets.
Pressure on websites to screen out ads could expose sex workers to more risks.